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Romanian Communist-era prison boss's trial set to start

Bucharest - A trial that some have dubbed the "Romanian Nuremberg" opens Wednesday in Bucharest, with the head of a brutal communist-era labour camp, known as the "prison of silence," charged with crimes against humanity.

Romania gives green light to NATO fighter force

Bucharest - Romania has given the green light to NATO to base fighters there as the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine deepens, its president said Wednesday.

1,000 Romanian tourists stranded by Bulgaria flash floods

Bucharest - Around a thousand tourists from Romania have been left stranded by flash floods in Bulgaria which left 14 dead around the Black Sea resort of Varna, the Romanian government said on Saturday.

Romania president says not involved in brother's graft case

Bucharest - Romanian President Traian Basescu on Thursday denied involvement in a corruption case after a film emerged of his brother apparently admitting to taking a bribe to intervene in a mobster's murder trial.

Prietenii Mocanitei: Restoring the Sibiu-Agnita railway Special

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Mocanite, narrow gauge railways, trailed stunning mountainous areas to connect cities across Transylvania, Romania. The Mocanite, whose locomotives were steam-powered, were built for cargo and passenger services.

Seven European bison to be released in Romania

The European bison is the heaviest surviving wild animal in Europe today. The animals went extinct in the wild in 1927 when the last one was killed by poachers in the western Caucasus. The only bison left were to be found in zoos across Europe.

Romanian villagers take on Chevron over shale gas

Pungesti - US energy major Chevron, shielded by barbed wire, under police protection and under fire from egg throwers, is in trouble in Romania with villagers angry at its drive to drill for shale gas.

Angelina Jolie look-alike rapes cab driver at knifepoint

Tulcea - A Romanian woman resembling Angelina Jolie allegedly kidnapped a male cab driver and performed sexual acts on him at knifepoint.

Romania presses for NATO redeployment over Ukraine crisis

Bucharest - NATO should redeploy its forces in eastern Europe and take a firm stand to prevent a contagion of the Ukraine crisis, Romania's foreign minister urged in an interview Thursday with AFP.

Romania keeps ancient tradition of bee medicine alive

Bucharest - Bee venom to combat multiple sclerosis, pollen for indigestion, honey to heal wounds -- the humble bee has been a key source of alternative medicines since ancient times, and Romania is working to keep the tradition of "apitherapy" alive.

Cruel video of Romanian youths and a sweet old lady emerges

A shocking video of a group of Romanian youths swinging a terrified elderly lady in circles has surfaced on the internet, and has quickly gone viral on Facebook.

Europe and the mystery of the 'flying' bears

A genetic study of brown bears in Bulgarian mountain regions provided evidence for the existence of individuals of Carpathian origin. It seems that they were flown into the region by the former rule of Romania, Ceausescu, for sport.

Massive logging leaves deep scars in Eastern Europe

Bucharest - With its steep, forested mountains set against blue skies, Romania's central Pojarna Valley once looked like a postcard landscape but illegal logging has turned the site into an ugly scar."The guys who did this used excavators.

Romania suspends small-scale hydropower plants in protected areas

Romania has recently announced its decision to suspend the construction or operation of hundreds of small-scale hydropower plants in protected areas across the Carpathian Mountains, in order to protect regional biodiversity and aquatic ecosystems.

Suspected celebrity hacker Guccifer arrested

Bucharest - A man suspected of breaking into the email accounts of Romanian and US celebrities, including the Bush family, under the nickname "Guccifer" has been arrested in Romania with US help.

IMF mission set for Romania amid fuel tax row

Bucharest - An IMF mission will visit Romania next week to discuss the ways to secure the 2014 budget deficit target after the government postponed a tax on fuel.

Bulgarian and Romanian migrants are net contributors

Stockholm - Bulgarian and Romanian migrants contribute more than they cost to Western European economies, especially to Britain and Ireland, a Swedish economist said Tuesday.

Dance singer Alexandra Stan performs New Year's show in Romania

Alexandra Stan is a Romanian dance singer, songwriter and model, whose music I recently discovered and I have been hooked ever since.

Romanian farmers sue when subsidies for 'virtual cows' cut off

It's not unusual to read about governments helping farmers with subsidies. In Romania, farmers are paid $150 per cow, and this can be a big help. There is just one little problem with the plan though. No one thought to mention the cows had to be real.

Art thief claims museum robbery was too easy, threatens lawsuit

A Romanian man who admitted to stealing masterpieces by Monet, Gauguin and Picasso is threatening to sue the Dutch museum he stole them from — for making the theft too easy.

Leah Kaufman tells her Holocaust story

Leah Kaufman, an orphaned child Holocaust survivor who went on to become an educator and author, captivated an audience of adult Jewish students Tuesday, with stories of a past filled with inhumanity, which resulted in her strengthened Jewish identity.

Spanish police rescue 8-year-old child from pimps (video)

Valencia - Three people have been arrested in Alzira (Valencia), Spain after they forced a woman into prostitution by holding her child prisoner. Another five women aged between 18 and 38 years were also rescued.

Stolen Picasso, other art burned to crisp by thief's mother

The artwork was painted by Picasso in 1971, just two years before he died at the age of 91. It was stolen in October last year from a Dutch art gallery and the remains have now possibly surfaced, after the work was burned literally to a crisp.

Op-Ed: Stepping into Schengen — Solidarity with Romania and Bulgaria Special

In response to the March 2013 decision to postpone Romania and Bulgaria entry in the visa-free Schengen zone under the threat of a German veto, a young group of people has decided to launch a solidarity initiative with Romanian and Bulgarian citizens.

Romanian online newspaper launches fun anti-UK ad campaign

With the UK worried about mass immigration by Eastern Europeans and the introduction of the ‘Life in the United Kingdom’ citizenship test, at first Romania was a little insulted. Then a newspaper in the country decided to have a little fun.

Op-Ed: Key victory for the opponents of the Rosia Montana project

On December 9, the opponents of the Rosia Montana gold mining project, which would be conducted by a Canadian corporation, Gabriel Resources Ltd., won a highly important victory.

British Royal Family's ancestry linked to Count Dracula

Turns out the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles), may be descended from Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Tepes, more popularly known as Count Dracula, and Romania is cashing in on the news.

British Royal Family's ancestry linked to Count Dracula

Turns out the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles), may be descended from Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Tepes, more popularly known as Count Dracula, and Romania is cashing in on the news.

Op-Ed: Romania's Rosia Montana excluded from UNESCO proposal list

On Monday, the Romanian Ministry of Culture presented the list of monuments that it would like to see included in the UNESCO Heritage Sites.

Op-Ed: Hollande disappoints on Roma integration

In August-September 2012, the recently elected French government launched a mass expulsion on Romani people from France back to their countries of origin, Romania and Bulgaria.
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Mihai Blotor, Prietenii Mocanitei
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Traian Basescu  president of Romania since 2004
Traian Basescu, president of Romania since 2004
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Stepping into Schengen's current image
Stepping into Schengen
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Luminita Perijoc - friends say that she models her looks after celebrity Angelina Jolie.
Luminita Perijoc - friends say that she models her looks after celebrity Angelina Jolie.
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The University Square is an important place in Romanian recent history.
The University Square is an important place in Romanian recent history.
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Romania pokes fun at the UK in a new ad campaign  inviting the British to come on over.
Romania pokes fun at the UK in a new ad campaign, inviting the British to come on over.
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Iasi  Romania City Hall  formerly the Roznoveanu Palace.
Iasi, Romania City Hall, formerly the Roznoveanu Palace.
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one of the houses that Gabriel Resources will only renovate after the mining project starts
one of the houses that Gabriel Resources will only renovate after the mining project starts
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A main street in the City of Brasov, Romania.
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Graves in Ghencea military cemetery, Bucharest, Romania
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Traian Basescu  President of Romania since 2004.
Traian Basescu, President of Romania since 2004.
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House in Rosia Montana promised to be renovated by Canadian Mining Agency RMGC.
House in Rosia Montana promised to be renovated by Canadian Mining Agency RMGC.
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File photo: Ceramics at National Ceramics Fair  Cucuteni 5000  at Iasi  Romania
File photo: Ceramics at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, at Iasi, Romania
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A Romanian soccer fan attacks a player on the pitch
A Romanian soccer fan attacks a player on the pitch
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Ceramic at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011
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Otilia Iancu at National Ceramics Fair  Cucuteni 5000  in Iasi  Romania.  July 2011.
Otilia Iancu at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011.
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Costinesti  in Romania  known as a sea resort city
Costinesti, in Romania, known as a sea resort city
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